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Maryland, the Free State
"This quiz touches on things all Marylanders should probably know, and hopefully will allow visitors to learn a little something about the place I call home."
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The Mason-Dixon line, which serves as the northern boundary of Maryland, is commonly thought of as the dividing line between the northern and southern states during the American Civil War. However, the line was delineated nearly a hundred years earlier to settle a property dispute. Who were the two families who took this matter to the British court to be resolved?
Calvert and Penn
Carroll and Taney
Mason and Dixon
Hatfield and McCoy
Nearly 41 miles of this footpath runs through Maryland along the north-south backbone of South Mountain from Pennsylvania to the Potomac River. It briefly joins the C&O Canal for a few miles before crossing the river into West Virginia at Harpers Ferry. What is the name of this famous trail?
The Trail of Tears
The Boy Scouts of America National Hiking Trail
The Appalachian Trail
Commissioned in 1855, this sloop was the last all-sail warship built by the United States Navy, and is presently docked at Pier 1 in Baltimore's Inner Harbor. What is her name?
USS Lord Baltimore
After being detained by the British and witnessing the bombardment of Fort McHenry from one of their ships, 35 year old Maryland attorney Francis Scott Key was inspired to write the poem "Defence of Fort M'Henry" which later became the United States national anthem "The Star Spangled Banner." What war was going on at the time?
The French and Indian War
The American Civil War
The War of 1812
The Revolutionary War
On the third Saturday in May, Maryland is host to the Preakness Stakes, the second race in the coveted Triple Crown. At what track is this exciting event held?
Pimlico Race Course
Maryland native James Ryder Randall was teaching in Louisiana when he received news that a friend had been wounded in Baltimore less than two weeks after the start of the Civil War. Believing that Maryland was about to join the Confederate cause, he composed a nine-stanza poem expressing his southern sympathies which, when set to the tune of "O, Tannenbaum" quickly became popular in Maryland and throughout the South. What is the name of this poem, adopted as Maryland's State Song in 1939?
Free My Maryland
Maryland, the Old Line State
Down in Mary's Land
Maryland, My Maryland
Explored by Captain John Smith in 1612, this peninsula is formed by the confluence of the Potomac River into the Chesapeake Bay, and was aptly named for the role it played in the American Revolution and later in the War of 1812. The Federal government erected a lighthouse on the point in 1830, but during the Civil War nearly 4,000 Confederate soldiers died of exposure, disease and starvation while incarcerated here. What is the name of the Maryland State park presently at this location?
Point of No Return
Early Warning Point
Maryland's Atlantic shore happens to be home to "The East Coast's Number One Family Resort." Accommodations to meet any taste or budget, dining, shopping, nightlife, amusement parks, golf, and all the imaginable water activities ten miles of oceanfront beach can offer await the vacationer. What is the name of Maryland's premier summer resort town?
If the crowds are not your idea of a vacation, about eight miles south of Maryland's largest summer resort town, you will find an undeveloped 37-mile stretch of beach and grassy marshland that extends into Virginia. Little brown and white ponies are the inhabitants here, made world famous by Marguerite Henry's 1947 story of Misty. What is the name of Maryland's portion of this barrier island?
The Outer Banks
Testudo is the official mascot of the University of Maryland and has been affiliated with their athletic program since 1933. It isn't clear how he got his name, but why his species was chosen does make sense when you learn he is native to the Chesapeake Bay, and is also Maryland's State Reptile. What, exactly, is Testudo?
Common Snapping Turtle
Atlantic Loggerhead Turtle
Cottonmouth Water Moccasin
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